The “Power” of Volunteerism

The “Power” of Volunteerism

September 2, 2016

By Karissa Gretebeck, United Way Corporate Volunteerism Manager

Imagine this: 10 eager volunteers arrive at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County to pack 200 backpacks full of hundreds of school supplies when suddenly, the power goes out. What would you do? 

The dedicated volunteers from Johnson Controls and Marcus Investments, by the light of their cell phones and several flashlights, did not let an outage stop them from making a difference in our community. When many might have left the building, they stayed to pack each and every backpack as the inside temperature in the basement of United Way began to climb. When asked if they wanted to quit, they all chimed in with bounding enthusiasm, “we need to get this job done.”

Thanks to these dedicated volunteers and several other workplace groups, over 3,100 local children had the supplies they needed to start the school year on the right foot through United Way’s Backpack Coalition.

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Deionna bishop
September 10 2016 at  10:44:10 PM

very inrested in volunteering

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